Two-time world champion Gary Anderson has withdrawn from the 2019 Premier League due to his ongoing back injury.
Anderson has been undergoing extensive treatment on his back since his semi-final exit at the World Championship at the end of December. He was absent from last weekend’s Masters and he will now miss his first Premier League campaign since 2010 after withdrawing on medical advice.
“I’m sorry to the fans that I won’t be there this year, I’m as gutted as anybody to have to miss out,” said Anderson.
“I’ve really tried to get myself right for the Premier League but it just hasn’t been physically possible because I’m in such pain when I even try and have a little practice and it would risk long term damage if I was to do anything other than rest and undergo treatment at the moment.
“This isn’t a decision I’ve taken lightly but I don’t want to let the fans and myself down by putting in performances well below what is expected of me due to my injury. My physio has advised me to rest for a few weeks to increase my chances of coming back stronger for the rest of the year and reduce the likelihood of me suffering repeated problems.”
Anderson enjoyed a trophy-laden 2018, scooping UK Open, World Matchplay and Champions League of Darts titles, and we wish Gary well as he bids to make a swift recovery. The PDC have confirmed that they will be making a further announcement regarding the 2019 Premier League field shortly.
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